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AMORETTI: 51, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Do I not see that fairest images
Last Line: But having her, my joy wil be the greater.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Subject(s): Beauty; Persistence

Doe I not see that fayrest ymages
Of hardest marble are of purpose made,
For that they should endure through many ages,
Ne let theyr famous moniments to fade?
Why then doe I, untrainde in lovers trade,
Her hardnes blame, which I should more commend?
Sith never ought was excellent assayde,
Which was not hard t' atchive and bring to end:
Ne ought so hard, but he that would attend
Mote soften it and to his will allure:
So doe I hope her stubborne hart to bend,
And that it then more stedfast will endure.
Onely my paines wil be the more to get her:
But having her, my joy wil be the greater.

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